The persistence feature for additional software packages is a great tool to make Tails more flexible for diverse scenarios without having to bloat the ISO image.

The current limitations include:

  • No user interface. Currently you have to edit a file as root. (#14568)

  • Their Installation locks the opening of the desktop. (#9059)

  • They are checked for updates every time Tor is restarted. (#9819)

We are going to implement this feature for Tails 3.7 (#14593)

Notes

  • Extract additional software lines from WhisperBack reports:

    sed -i -n -e '/live-additional-software.conf =====$/,/^=====/{ /^=====/d; p; }'